Friday, September 10, 2010

Photography 101 + Flat Bunny

We had such a great response last time we did
our Photography tips, that we thought we'd do more.
Just in case you missed it, here was our first lesson. CLICK HERE

Last time we mentioned the rule of thirds.
Well today we're going to expand on that and discuss the composition.

The first step to composing a photo is to choose a subject.
Today's subject is Sarah Jane - Graphic Designer extraordinaire

Second is don't try to include everything in the photo
See how distracting everything is around the subject?

Compositions are always stronger when there is only one main focal point.
After these two steps you can focus on the third step
(which we already learned) the rule of thirds, and where you
are going to put your main focal point in the composition.
I also shot this at a birds eye view. Something we learned in the last lesson.
Doesn't she look cute?  Look how big her eyes look when you use this angle.

Last but not least, pay attention to your surroundings.
Make sure your background compliments your main focus,
and always pay attention to those distracting
details that could make or break your photo.
Did her head sprout a tree?  Or look at the pole coming out
of the center of her head...very distracting

Our next tip is...

As most of you know, lighting is EVERYTHING in a photo.

Good Lighting is what can make your snapshot look
like a professional photograph.

One great tip that I have learned is using reflections.
Photographers use fancy equipment for this,
but all you really need is a good white sheet,
or poster board to create a reflection.

Who knew a 99 cent poster board could be such a help?


More lighting tips...

Try to avoid strange and distracting shadows.
Shadows caused by a flash going off can be
distracting and can add strange effects to your image.
Having sufficient lighting and reflection can eliminate the use
of the flash and getting rid of those strange shadows all together.

Another problem with shadows can be caused by the sun.
Make sure to pose your subject to be facing the light,
and not standing in front or the side of your light source.
Also, to prevent squinty eyes try taking your pictures
on cloudy days or around dusk so the sun isn't blazing overhead.

One great thing with technology today,
is Photoshop or other photo editing programs.
These programs can really help with lighting, so if you are really
interested in photography, invest in a good image editing program,
and learn how to use it. You will not regret it!

Well, that's all for today. I hope these tips will help you all
capture all those precious moments.

And its time to announce the winner of this months
Flat Bunny invite.

Drum roll please.....

Éva Virág
from Hungary
Here is the winning invite

Csaba Tóth make sure to email us at 
so we can arrange flat bunny's itinerary.

For the rest of you, make sure to keep sending in
your invites.  Maybe you will be the next person
to host Flat Bunny!

Hope you all have a GREAT weekend!


  1. I just love photography tips! I am soooo going to try the 'white board' reflector next time I take a portrait photo (which will be soon!) thanks for the awesome tips!

  2. Thanks for the wonderful tips! I can't wait to take some pics now!!

  3. what great ideas. maybe ill test a few things on my daughter thanks so much

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the tips...I need all the help I can get!! And congrats to the winner!

  5. awesome photo tips = love the poster board tip - totally will try that!!

  6. Great tips! I had one of those "Duh! Why didn't I think of that?" moments!! lol
    Congrats to the Flat Bunny winner!

  7. I am curious to know if Flat Bunny is gonna make her appearance at Scrapfest in MN next weekend??? :-)

  8. Thanks a bunch for all these tips!!!

  9. tips are always welcome!! thanks a lot!! :))

  10. Thank you, thank you! I'm very happy!!!!

  11. Those are some really fab tips, thanks! :)

  12. GREAT help... I must bookmark this and spend more time here..To bad you didn't have a tutorial on how to run my silly camera.... I hate it way to many buttons.. way to complicated.
    I really like that 3d card.. and someday I'd like to try that. Looked GREAT!

  13. Great photo tips! And congrats to the next Flat Bunny winners!!!

  14. Wow great tips!!!and a BIG CONGRAT to the winner!!!

  15. Thank you so much for this tips, they are so helpful and make taking pictures even more fun!
    Hugs Ingrid